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    Wojciech Majka (Author)

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Without a doubt Walt Whitman is one of the most philosophical poets. His writings are soaked with conceptions that range from the Presocratics to Hegel. Nevertheless, the philosophical aspect of the his work has been neglected by criticism with scholars satisfying themselves with making loose allusions to transcendentalist ideas that are said to respire in his writings. Therefore, our attention has been drawn to the connection of his poetry with philosophy (phenomenology), since as Emanuel Levinas once stated, the whole of philosophy is only a meditation of Shakespeare. Therefore, the book throws the Whitmanesque self into a typically phenomenological context silhouetting the notion of selfhood against the views of Martin Heidegger, Maurice Merleau-Ponty and Emanuel Levinas. Moreover, the book differentiates between the overall understanding of subjectivity and selfhood. The former corresponds to the representative capacities of the Cartesian cogito which in itself is detached from the world of life. On the other hand, selfhood is defined though the idea of commitment to the overall mattering of the world which in itself is not reduced to the materialist or idealist understanding. Rather, the world is what phenomenology - following Husserl - calls Lebenswelt which corresponds to the general way in which the self finds itself attuned to the horizon of its existence.
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  • PDF | 290 pages
  • Wojciech Majka (Author)
  • Cambridge Scholars Publishing: 1st Unabridged edition (1 Mar. 2013)
  • English
  • 8
  • Poetry, Drama Criticism

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